Monday, September 2, 2013

SUMMER ENDS WITH NO COURT DATE FOR OLD CHILD RAPE CASE


What message does it send to women who are victims of rape when they witness how the Liberty County District Attorney’s office has handled the Shauberger case?

The summer of 2013 officially ended this weekend, but there is still no court date for the criminal case the Liberty Police Department presented to Liberty District Attorney Mike Little many years ago. It appears to some that the current Liberty County grand jury may have asked to hear this case independent of Mike Little’s handpicked successor, current District Attorney Logan Pickett. That grand jury agreed with the Liberty Police Department, as have readers of Liberty Dispatch who have seen some of the evidence, and they indicted Edward Shauberger.  A case investigated in the early 2000's by law enforcement, then referred for prosecution by investigators and given to the Liberty County DA's office in 2008 and then buried by DA Mike Little till April of 2013.

But what does it say when two girls (who now are both grown women), the local police department, and the people of a community all say minors should have their day in court for what they say Edward Shauberger, their adoptive father, did to them when they were children? How can years and years have gone by with no action by longtime District Attorney Mike Little and his young protégé?  Why, according to sources, have neither of the daughters been contacted by the District Attorney’s office before or after the grand jury handed down an indictment?

If someone is a regular reader of Liberty Dispatch they will know our answer to this question. One word: p-o-l-i-t-i-c-s.  It has been said that Mike Little can indict a ham sandwich. He may indeed. And every citizen of this county ought to be concerned that a political and vindictive District Attorney like Mike Little could make life miserable for anyone by digging his claws into them by using his office and a long protracted prosecution to pile up legal bills ruin innocent people’s lives even when the verdict will be innocent. Some have undoubtedly pled guilty for lesser penalties to avoid the consequences of this kind of abuse of office.

On the other hand, while indicting a few ham sandwiches, the District Attorney can use people accused of a crime that have real evidence with which to be prosecuted for his own purposes. It is not unusual for a devious, manipulative prosecutor to get a pass by the public. A nice suit and tie and a smile and a kind “how is going” versus people who are already under the cloud of accusation is an easy public relations win for district attorneys. But longtime District Attorney Mike Little is not from the kind of stock that deserves a pass. After years of no one questioning whom this man is, a very superficial look into his family background and how he conducted the business of his office indicated things have gone on in the darkness of secrecy that would never be tolerated if seen in the light of public scrutiny.

The Shauberger daughters should have their day in court. It should be a priority. If not, then Little’s protégé’ should do something Little never felt obligated to do – call a press conference and explain what is going on! It never happened with the Beausoliel mail tampering case and so many other cases. No explanation of why what appeared to be a case the public would hear about after a trial never went to court.

Explain please sir… Voters who entrusted you with this elective office deserve an explanation. What is the court date? Are you ignoring the victims? Why? Have your investigators questioned the children’s mother since the indictment? If so, in light of the fact she is now living separately from Edward, is she more cooperative?

What assurances do you have for rape victims and people that are victims of other serious crimes that you will seek justice and give them their day of court in a timely manner regardless of your politics and your ability to use their case to force criminals to help pursuit your enemies?

Please Mr. Pickett, with all due respect, this community deserves to know what is happening, and if possible, what has happened with cases that have been vented in the local media but left unaddressed by their district attorney.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This has always been and still is the way things are handled thru the Liberty County Justice system. I was talking to a person years ago that refused to take any kind of law cases in Liberty County. He said you had to buy tour way around in Liberty. I don't think there have been very many changes in the DAs office.

Anonymous said...

I know the question you pose is meant to be rhetorical but the lawyers in the courthouse that should have already made this happen may think us little people are too ignorant to expect them to take care of this. Therefore, the answer is that if I were a female of any agem I would think twice before coming to the D.A. if two witnesses and a grand jury was not enough for him to make this a priority.

Anonymous said...

The district attorney's office has caused the almost unthinkable delays in prosecuting this. Are they now going to say the case is too old? Really?!

Anonymous said...

Ann Strait is a fair, tough, and passionate advocate for the state and for children who have been abused. I say let her loose on this and leave the politics to Obama and company.

Anonymous said...

he problem in the last comment is T"and company" includes Mike Little. His unending diehard allegiance to defending Democrats and putting Republicans in their place may continue after he is long in the grave because of the wheels he has put in motion. Disgraceful.

Anonymous said...

The Grand Jury can subloena Shauberger's wife and they can also call back the daughters if they feel the old sandwich prosecutor is trying to save Eddie's ham by sitting on their idle hands.

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama does not enforces the laws he does not like and vigorously pursues the ones he loves. Same with people. he will do almost anything to help his friends and blast the people that get in his way.

Anonymous said...

Shauberger should want his day in court if he is claiming his children have ruined his good name.

Anonymous said...

Yea, right.

Anonymous said...

These were such sweet little girls. I hope they have found some peace as adults now that they are away fromall of that. They will have many people praying for them as this goes forward.

Anonymous said...

When Eddie campaigned on the slogan he was "not just another pretty face" it must have made these girls sick.

Anonymous said...

According to Liberty County district clerk Donna Brown online, she shows Shauberger with no active docket calls or activity on any of his cases. No activity or future legal activity in the 75th judicial district court.

Anonymous said...

The Wheels of Justice are Slow - he will be made accountable. Hope all that once supported his candidacy's remember to give more credence to actions rather than words. Continue to think long and hard about re-electing Tim Allison and Wes Hinch!